ISSA Webinar: Between COVID-19 and recovery - Job retention, partial unemployment and skills

10 June 2021 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Between COVID-19 and recovery - Job retention, partial unemployment and skills

10 June 2021 | Virtual

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 10:30–12:00 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, German and Spanish
(Simultaneous interpretation available using the Zoom App only)

Webinar organized in collaboration with the ISSA European Network (IEN) and the ISSA Technical Commission on Employment Policies and Unemployment Insurance

It has been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shook economies and social security systems around the world.

Employment retention programmes have proven to be one of the most effective responses in making social security systems more resilient and mitigating the economic and social impacts of the crisis.

At the onset of the crisis, in response to the emergency situation, many countries significantly expanded or created job retention schemes, such as partial unemployment, short-time work or wage subsidy schemes.

While the temporary nature, scope, coverage and generosity of these schemes have been modified as the waves of COVID-19 evolved, many of these special regulations remain in force through the first months of 2021.

As signs of improvement are strengthening, social security systems are challenged to adopt a longer-term approach regarding the impact of the crisis on employment. While this includes the gradual phasing out of special schemes, it also requires strengthened investment in skills development and training

This webinar, focusing on the European experience, will first look at the measures put in place in spring 2020, before focusing on exit strategies from the state of emergency and finally providing space for speakers to reflect on the long-term vision for support measures and adaptations in the face of a labour market that has been profoundly transformed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Speakers

Gertruda Uścińska Gertruda Uścińska, President, Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), Poland and Chairperson of the ISSA European Network
Georges Carlens Georges Carlens, General Administrator, National Employment Office (ONEM), Belgium and Chairperson of the ISSA Technical Commission on Employment Policies and Unemployment Insurance
Jiří Šatava Jiří Šatava, Director, Department for Employment Policy, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Czechia
Rémy Mazzocchi Rémy Mazzocchi, Deputy Director General, National Occupational Union for Employment in Industry and Commerce (Unédic), France
Anders Ljungberg Anders Ljungberg, Head of Unit, Analysis Department, Public Employment Service, Sweden

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What job retention schemes have been created or expanded as an emergency response to the crisis, and what have been major modifications over the year 2020?
  • What are the strategies regarding the phasing out of special job retention measures and what are the related challenges?
  • What is the role of active labour market policies (re-skilling, placement support etc.), as not all jobs will be maintained?
  • What longer-term impact will the crisis have on labour markets and employment, and what social security strategies are required to develop the skills needs of workers in a new context?

Agenda

  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, ISSA Secretary General and Gertruda Uścińska, Chairperson of the IEN and President, ZUS, Poland
  • Case experience of ZUS, Poland
  • Case experience of ONEM, Belgium
  • Case experience of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Czechia
  • Case experience of Unédic, France
  • Case experience of the Public Employment Service, Sweden
  • Conclusions
Marjorie Lestienne Moderated by Marjorie Lestienne, Regional Coordinator for Europe, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.